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CIAT Professional Development Day

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Welcome to the second of our days of learning and opportunities for professional development that the Yorkshire Region of CIAT is hosting in conjunction with Leeds Beckett University. We continue to make freely available value added presentations given by knowledge rich presenters on topical subject areas within the construction industry; a collection of which we consider you could not find anywhere else.

 

Building on the unprecedented success of our inaugural event in June 2015, this year we have managed to secure the services of two speakers whose names are instantly recognisable as major players within the realm of UK building design and construction.

 

Peter Caplehorn will open the day with his Keynote presentation on the challenges that face the profession and the wider industry. If you have heard Peter speak before, or even if you haven’t, this is not one to miss. To get the day back on track after lunch Richard Saxon will offer his unique experienced brand in presenting how Building Information Modelling will be influencing a Digital Built Britain as we work towards level 3.

 

The full programme can be found at the following link http://ciat-yorkshire.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/CIAT%20Yorkshire%20Professional%20Development%20Day%2026%20May%202016.pdf

 

Our thanks go to our event supporters, RIBA, CIOB, RICS, CIBSE, CABE, ICE, and Centre for Knowledge Exchange at Leeds Beckett University. We also offer a big thank you to the event sponsors, without whom it could not happen; Knauf Insulation, Graphisoft, Beattie Passiv, LABC, Minerva Appointments, Leeds Beckett University and CIAT Yorkshire.

 

BOOKING DETAILS

 

Please book via the link below;

http://www.ciat-yorkshire.org.uk/events/professional-development-day/

 

From PIM to AIM – First steps into BIM for FM (we love acronyms!)*

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The construction industry is still in general getting to grips with BIM (Building Information Modelling), the facilities management industry has been doing CAFM (Computer Aided Facilities Management) for a good while but how do we splice these two technological solutions together to deliver better assets across the lifecycle?

We have three speakers who are battling, supporting and guiding teams through this process and will be sharing their thoughts and ideas on how to do this.

David Hemmings, Head of Estates at Leeds Beckett University

Dr Medina Jordan, BIM (FM) & Asset Management Advisor at Skanska Facilities Services

Natacha Redon, Project Manager / BIM Co-ordinator at Identity Consult

*PIM – Project Information Model | AIM – Asset Information Model

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BOOKING DETAILS

To get involved join us on 4th May 2016

at Old Broadcasting House, Leeds Beckett University,

Leeds, LS2 9EN

17:30 – 19:30

Click here to book your place!

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May the fourth be with you! thinkBIM returns with our Operations and In-Use Summer Series

Here at thinkBIM we’ve always championed the use of data across the entire lifecycle of an asset. We also know that the design and construction industry can sometimes seem to speak a different language to that of the facilities and asset management industry. The translation, transition, transformation of construction phase BIM data in CAFM and asset management systems and processes doesn’t always seem to go as smoothly as suggested. So here at thinkBIM we are pleased to offer help and support to anyone trying to get to grips with these processes.

Wednesday 4th May 2016, 17:30 onwards, Old Broadcasting House, Leeds

In our first twilight seminar of the summer series we will be bringing clients and their advisors together to explain the hows and whys of BIM for FM. How do clients set about engaging with asset information, why should they do this and what can they do to become expert procurers of digital data for their assets?

Wednesday 1st June 2016, 17:30 onwards, Salem’s Chapel, Leeds

Our second twilight seminar offers a unique opportunity to visit a Leeds data centre in a converted Victorian Chapel and hear more about how built asset data links to the wider aspects of both Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the advantages of using Open Data sets to improve digital outcomes.

Wednesday 6th July 2016, 12:30 onwards, Squire Patton Boggs, Leeds

Our summer conference returns to Squire Paton Boggs – but hosted in their new offices in Leeds – and welcomes back Deborah Rowland to speak about the Government Soft Landings programme and Kath Fontana of ISS. We already have some great round table discussions sorted for our conference and will announce more details of these soon.

Click here to book your place!

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What good BIM looks like: Round-up of #tbim2016 Spring Conference

On Wednesday 23rd March we brought our thinkBIM Spring Series 2016 to a close with our sold-out half-day conference at WSP Offices in Leeds, looking at the best of BIM over the last five years and where the industry is in relation to the BIM Level 2 mandate. The event attracted over 60 people representing architects, clients, consultants and contractors all at various stages of their BIM journey and was chaired by long time thinkBIM ambassador, Stephen Hamil at RIBA Enterprises. Stephen has done his own excellent summary of the day over on his blog Construction Code which you can read here http://constructioncode.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/think-bim-spring-conference-2016.html

Our first speaker was our UK keynote, David Philp. He was of course meant to be at the conference in person but his BIM duties took him overseas unexpectedly, so he did his presentation over the web, seamlessly (well almost), from a busy airport lounge in Perth. Dave gave a whistlestop overview of the last five years, reviewing the level 2 journey and the benefits it has brought to date. Dave will be making a recorded version of his presentation with slides which we will share on the blog as soon as we receive it.

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James Austin, Then and now. From our scoping event in 2011 (left) to the present day (right).

Next up was James Austin, Product Manager at Autodesk and an original founding member of thinkBIM. James was also a speaker at the inaugural thinkBIM event nearly five years ago to the date of the conference. James delivered his personal overview of BIM over the last five years highlighting the landscape that BIM came about in, the development of the UK BIM task groups and its journey in line with policy and Construction 2025. Full of good stuff, you can watch and listen to the full presentation at the following link,

https://autodesk.box.com/s/rqr9ecf2c0nasa708huklqebib3rh69m .

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Adam Matthews: EU BIM aim is to have a European digital single market for construction 2020

Following James we then welcomed Adam Matthews, Chair of the newly formed EU BIM Task Group who presented on the innovations that UK BIM has created and how that is now feeding into European BIM Strategy and EU guidelines on publically procured projects. It was clear from Adam’s presentation that BIM is an area where the UK has the potential to lead the rest of Europe. Adam’s full presentation can be viewed at the Issu link below.

After the presentations the groups convened for roundtable sessions, notes of which will be posted on the blog shortly. After our two roundtable sessions, the conference was brought to a close with a Q & A session featuring James and Adam and joined by Jason Richards from WSP and Tom Oulton from the Yorkshire and Humber BIM region. The Q & A raised a couple of reoccurring issues; i.e. software competition and compatibility, sharing and IP issues. However the consensus of the panel was that we need to share and get our information out there… principally because it’s probably out there anyway. Attendees were then treated to a well-earned BIM beer and curry provided by the excellent Friends for Dinner in Leeds. Thanks to our event hosts, WSP, network sponsors, Trimble Tekla, and our series sponsors, Exactal for all their support making Spring #tbim2016 a success.

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 with thanks to our sponsors and supporters

Our storify summary of the best tweets and images from the day can be found at the link below. In the meantime thinkBIM will return on 4th May with our summer series on FM and Operations. This series will feature twilight seminars on 4th May and 1st June as well as our half day conference on 6th July. Mark them in your diary now!

#tbim2016 write-up: BIM in Yorkshire, a case study in collaboration

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On 3rd February we welcomed a full house to Old Broadcasting House in Leeds for the first event in our thinkBIM #tbim2016 spring series, a “BIM in Yorkshire” case study of the benefits of digital collaboration. For this seminar, we welcomed Henry Boot Construction and their collaborative team partners to present on their work on the Extra Care Housing Scheme in Yeadon, near Leeds and Bradford Airport.

It is always great to hear about teams recycling and reusing data and this project was no exception with our presenters, Henry Boot’s Kevin Dight and Philip Lambourne and their wider team from Watson Batty, Dudleys Consulting Engineers and Framedeck Consulting Ltd, giving examples of quantities checks, planning and clash detection and construction simulation on the project.

The event was chaired by Josie Rothera, Chartered Civil Engineer and Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University who opened by saying how pleased she was to see how thinkBIM events have grown and evolved over the last few years now offering real case studies of BIM in practice. Thanks Josie!

Kevin Dight opened with a brief overview of Henry Boot’s BIM journey, which started with a direct from the MD to “look into this BIM thing”. Kevin became the BIM Champion, they purchased Revit and Navisworks and they started learning very quickly (his words). One of their first BIM projects in 2012 was at the Bifrangi plant in Italy. Sadly they were unable to use BIM throughout as the steelwork was given to an Italian subcontractor who didn’t use BIM, therefore the full benefits were not seen. Lesson learnt -> Lonely BIM is not as effective.

Kevin also had the following advice for implementing BIM; know your drivers – understand why are you implementing the technology and what you want to get out of it and make sure your strategy is built around this. Finally, break your implementation down into manageable steps, use on some example projects first and build up your experience.

Kevin then handed over to Phil, the new BIM Champion for Henry Boot to talk more about the Yeadon project. More info about the specifics of the project can be found in the presentations below and the accompanying storify below that.

The team concluded by talking about the benefits that using BIM had brought to their business which included greater client engagement, better cross team communication, reducing RFIs, better coordinated drawings and best of all… less email! It was great to see how much the team had also got out of the enriched learning experience and knowledge exchange that collaboration through BIM can achieve, something which is often not spoken about as a benefit of BIM but clearly a very tangible and positive outcome for Henry Boot’s team.

The next thinkBIM event will take place on the 9th March and is entitled BIM, DfMA and the black art of MEP, details here. Due to Easter, our Spring #tbim2016 conference will follow a fortnight later on 23rd so that’s a double dose of thinkBIM-ery in March. Don’t say we don’t ever spoil you!

 

#tbim2016 continues with… BIM DfMA and the black art of MEP

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***PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND WE HAVE HAD TO CHANGE THE VENUE OF THIS EVENT TO  THE ROSEBOWL*** 

 

Wednesday March 9th 2016

Twilight seminar

The Rose Bowl, Leeds – Room RB437, theatre B

We are pleased to be hosting another joint event with CIBSE, this time focussing on how Building Services contractors and manufacturers are developing their digital processes and content to assist project teams.

BIMstore will be talking about their work with major building services manufacturers, why creating these objects is important for the industry and how they are now being used across the lifecycle of projects. There has even been mention of how they work with another thinkBIM favourite topic – Product Data Templates.

G&H Building Services will be describing how they have approached BIM adoption in their business – a great case study in how they have developed their digitals services in ways that suit their business and the benefits this has brought.

Turner & Townsend will also be explaining why the data in building services models is so important and demonstrating how cost certainly can be derived from this information. Focussing on quality, quantification and estimation the team from T&T will offer a great insight into 5D workflows.

To get involved join us on 9th March 2016

at Old Broadcasting House, Leeds Beckett University,

Leeds, LS2 9EN

17:30 – 19:30

Click here to book your place!

 

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BIM in Yorkshire – a case study in collaboration

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Wednesday February 3rd Twilight seminar

Old Broadcasting House, Leeds

17:30 to 19:30

We all know its BIM up north and here’s the team to prove it.  At the first event in our Spring series we will hear from Henry Boot Construction who will be explaining their BIM journey and showcasing the benefits of digital collaboration with the team on the Extra Care Housing Scheme at Yeadon, near to Leeds Bradford Airport.

It’s always great to hear about teams recycling data and this project is no exception with examples of quantities checks, construction simulation of the RC frame, planning and clash detection, resolving complex roof geometry, its uses by the structural steel subcontractor as well as the general space planning of a curved building.

Our Speakers include,

Kevin Dight, Henry Boot Construction

Philip Lambourne, Henry Boot Construction

Simon Collins, Watson Batty Architects

Paul Brownlow, Dudleys Consulting Engineers

Andy Volkes, Framedeck Structual Steel Work

Come along to hear about the team’s excellent collaborative work on this flagship scheme!

Click here to book!

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What good BIM events look like: CIBSE, Henry Boot Construction and the Philpster to headline thinkBIM Spring Series

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Whilst some might suggest Level 2 is the norm and the world of digital construction is sorted here at thinkBIM we know that people are still looking for advice, support and guidance wherever they are on their BIM journey. So we are pleased to offer a high quality Spring series focussed on the Construction and Assembly phase of the lifecycle of a built asset.

 

Wednesday 3rd February – Twilight seminar

BIM in Yorkshire – a case study in collaboration

We all know its BIM up north and here’s the team to prove it. Henry Boot Construction will be showcasing their BIM journey, the NFB BIM Champion’s programme and an all Yorkshire case study of collaboration for a project in Yeadon.

Speakers include Henry Boot themselves, Watson Batty Architects, Dudleys Civil and Structural Engineers and Frame Deck Ltd, Steel Fabricators

 

Wednesday 9th March – Twilight seminar

BIM, DfMA and the black art of MEP

We are pleased to be hosting another joint event with CIBSE, this time focussing on how Building Services contractors and manufacturers are developing their digital processes and content to assist project teams.

Expect offsite manufacturing, suppliers content and they are even offering a bit of virtual reality too!

 

Wednesday 23rd March – half day conference

What good BIM looks like

With only 12 days to go until the Level 2 fanfare we are delighted to announce that David Philp is returning to thinkBIM as a keynote speaker. This conference will showcase some of the best speakers and round table hosts from our illustrious 5 year history. Come and hear from a wide range of professional experts and participate in lively roundtable discussions as we deliver our best in class review of everything digital in construction.

 

 Click here to book your place!

We are delighted to announce Exactal as our Spring Series sponsor.

Exactal is pleased to be sponsoring the Spring Series of thinkBIM. Exactal creates world-leading & innovative construction software, used in over 70 countries around the world. Our main product, CostX, has fast gained popularity throughout the UK and the world as the leading BIM estimating solution. With intuitive BIM & 2D takeoff, integrated workbooks & customised reports, all in the one program, CostX will make your estimating faster, smarter and more accurate. Visit www.exactal.co.uk for more information.

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Taking BIM outside the building

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In another first for thinkBIM we are really pleased to announce our December conference will be themed around all things BIM, infrastructure and landscape.

This event has been 18 months in the making and will focus on how BIM can improve the context of a project as well as deliver benefits to infrastructure schemes.  We are bringing together a group of leading practitioners from this sector to look at how widely BIM has been adopted to date and what future innovations we can expect.

We are pleased to announce the following keynote speakers for this unique event;

  • Karen Alford, BIM/GSL Programme Manager, Environment Agency
  • Roger Wantling, Senior User Area 12 and BIM Programme Board Member for Maintenance, Highways Agency
  • Henry Fenby-Taylor, BIM System Designer at Colour Urban Design, representing the Landscape Institute.
  • Rob Jackson, Associate Director, Bond Bryan Architects

Don’t miss this it is a unique opportunity to discuss how BIM processes can be implemented on infrastructure and external works.  Come along to help debate and discuss how digitalisation could affect the shape of this part of the industry.

 

thinkBIM – BIM Outside the Building half-day conference

Wednesday 2nd December 2015, 12:30 – 17:30

Squire Patton Boggs LLP, 2 Park Lane, Leeds, LS3 1ES

Click here to book your place

£70 or free to Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Club members

Building Bridges with BIM #tbim2015

Almost six months ago we held our GreenBIM half-day conference in which I sat in on a round table discussion themed around BIM and Infrastructure. The overriding feeling was that infrastructure in the UK was poor, underfunded and with too strong a focus on glory projects rather than the local investment required to help businesses (SMEs in particular) to function more efficiently. The group agreed that BIM and digital solutions provided an answer but not until current BIM technologies can serve infrastructure as well as buildings.

Six months on and with the Level 2 BIM deadline vastly approaching, where does BIM and Infrastructure stand now? On Wednesday 7th October, for the first in our thinkBIM Autumn series, we welcomed five members of the AECOM Mott MacDonald Joint Venture engineering team to Old Broadcasting to talk about their work on the technically challenging Ordsall Chord railway improvement project from a BIM perspective.

The multi-disciplinary project team delivered an excellent ‘warts and all’ case study presentation which addressed specific complexities of the scheme including the widening of existing brick arch viaducts, design of both precasts and insitu concrete elements and detailing of steel structures using fabrication software whilst finding innovative ways of providing the key deliverables to the client.

Due to the confidential nature of the scheme we are unable to share the full set of slides and presentation notes with you (all the more reason for you to be in the thinkBIM audience next time!), however check out our storify below with the best tweets and images from the event for a summary of what was discussed.

Don’t forget to join us for our next event on 4th November where we will be discussing risk-free BIM. Holy Grail or closer than you think? Be part of the audience and have your say (details and booking here).

 

 

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